Saturday, July 19, 2014

Psalms of Discipleship. Principle #42 (Worship). July 19, 2014

Hello my dear friends! Are you JOYful or joyLESS today? That is the theme of today's Psalms of Discipleship. One of the ways we can increase our joy is to increase our thankfulness.

This quote from Michael Hyatt frames our discussion:

The truth is that we will never have more of what we truly desire until we become fully thankful for what we have. —Michael Hyatt

A thankful heart always leads to a joyful one.

Learning with you,

Denny

Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #42

Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life

Key Scripture: Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth. Psalm 100:1

Core Value: Worship

Joy, exuberant joy, is a vital commodity for the disciple of Jesus Christ. There are some who simply endure their brand of Christianity. Their faith is nothing more than a mundane religious experience—a lot of activity but offers nothing that ever produces any measure of joy. How sad. How frequent. How come?

Often, it is because they have replaced a relationship with God founded upon love (grace) and embraced a religion based upon performance (works).

Those who “enJoy” the Lord have discovered the power behind their ability to experience joy, no matter how challenging the present circumstance may be. They experience His joy and receive His strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

Here is the takeaway: God never requires us to do something without first giving us all of the resources we need to obey Him. In this case, we are able to shout joyfully to the Lord because He has filled our heart with joy. He gives it. We give it right back to Him.

Principle #42 & Personal Application: Quality disciples shout joyfully to the Lord.

• When we are full of His joy we shout.

• When we are full of His joy we shout joyfully to the Lord.

• When we are full of His joy we shout joyfully to the Lord along with all the earth.

Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…

How does it make you feel when you experience the joy of the Lord?

In what ways does His joy impact your worship of Him?

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, my worship of You is prompted by Your grace that fills my heart. Because of all You have done for me I will shout joyfully to You along with all the earth.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Psalms of Discipleship. Principle #41. (Worship) June 29, 2014

Hello my dear friends! Much grace to you today. Is is possible that we can worship God but do it for all of the wrong reasons? I believe it is not only possible but very likely IF we worship Him for the wrong reasons.

Today's reminder from Psalms of Discipleship is to make certain that our worship is authentic, not artificial.

Learning with you,

Denny

Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #41

Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life

Key Scripture: Exalt the LORD our God, And worship at His holy hill; For holy is the LORD our God. Psalm 99:9

Core Value: Worship

Worship is more than an action. It is also an emotion. Some people believe that “just doing it” will appease God and add another point to their ever-growing list of brownie points. It is entirely possible to worship God and yet have your heart far from Him.

The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men. Isaiah 29:13 (NIV)

6 Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’ 8 For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.” Mark 7:6-8 (NLT)

The kind of worship Jesus is after comes from the heart. It is a worship of love and adoration of Him.

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37 (NLT)

May our worship be authentic and not artificial.

Principle #41 & Personal Application: Quality disciples exalt the Lord our God.

• We worship the LORD

• We worship the LORD our God

• We worship the LORD, a holy God

Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…

God would never require me to do something I could not do. What does it mean to exalt Him?

In what ways does His holiness impact the way I worship God?

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, it is by faith that I exalt You, the Lord my God. May my worship of You be received as an act of reverence and awe for Who You are: for You are holy and my God
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Psalms of Discipleship. Principle #40 (Prayer) June 20, 2014

Hello my dear friends! Have you ever "forgotten" that we serve a supernatural God who answers our prayers in a supernatural way. This psalm is a good reminder of how God works in and through us.

Learning with you,

Denny



Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #40

Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life

Key Scripture:
6 Moses and Aaron were among His priests, And Samuel was among those who called on His name; They called upon the LORD, and He answered them. 7 He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; They kept His testimonies, And the statute that He gave them. 8 O LORD our God, Thou didst answer them; Thou wast a forgiving God to them, And yet an avenger of their evil deeds   Psalm 99:6-8

Core Value: Prayer

“It’s impossible!” is what many of us feel when our circumstances skew our perspective of how big God really is in our lives. Many kinds of fears cause us to back up from crossing the finish line of victory. Fears like . . .

•    I’m not good enough

•    I’m never going to reach my dreams

•    I’m always being overlooked and no one will give me a chance

When we believe that our prayers are directed towards a supernatural God who responds in supernatural ways we will never be the same again. Impossibilities are simply God’s platform to show off His glory. May He show off His glory in and through each one of us.

1 O LORD, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me.
2 Many are saying of my soul, "There is no deliverance for him in God." Selah.
3 But Thou, O LORD, art a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.
4 I was crying to the LORD with my voice, And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah. Psalm 3:1-4 (NASB77)

Principle #40 & Personal Application: Quality disciples call upon a supernatural God who responds in supernatural ways.

•    We call upon a God who is The Lord of our lives

•    We call upon a God who answers us in supernatural ways

•    We call upon a God who offers us supernatural forgiveness instead of his awful wrath

Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…

When I pray to God how keenly aware am I of His desire to listen to my requests?

When is the last time I experienced a supernatural response to my prayers?

Prayer:
    Lord Jesus, when I call upon Your Name may my heart be aware of Your great power and love for me. Help me have great faith to believe You for supernatural responses to my prayers. May Your mercy and forgiveness flood my heart when my sin besets me.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Psalms of Discipleship (Worship) Principle #39--May 3, 2014

Hello my dear friends. No matter how much the world changes around us, one truth remains the same: we love and serve a God who is holy. It is entirely possible that we can drift away with the currents of "if it feels good do it" and "everyone does right in their own eyes." What keeps us from becoming a shell of who we need to be? We need to be keeping our focus upon our God who is holy. The Psalmist gives us a wonderful template on how it can be done, through grace.

Learning with you,

Denny

Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #39

Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life

Key Scripture: 3 Let them praise Thy great and awesome name; Holy is He. 4 And the strength of the King loves justice; Thou hast established equity; Thou hast executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. 5 Exalt the LORD our God, And worship at His footstool; Holy is He. Psalm 99:3-5

Core Value: Worship

It has been said that we live what we believe. Or do we? We believe it is against the law to break the speed limit when we drive our car, but many of us do it anyhow (sometimes). We would agree that eating too much of the unhealthy foods we love to consume is bad for us, but we do it because we like it (a lot).

As disciples of Jesus we would agree that God is holy and because He is this truth should influence what we say, what we think, and what we do; but does it? This is the grace-empowered goal for us: to live in a way where His holiness makes a difference in us and then through us. How is it done?

Perhaps this will help:

But grow in grace (undeserved favor, spiritual strength) and recognition and knowledge and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him [be] glory (honor, majesty, and splendor) both now and to the day of eternity. Amen (so be it)! 2 Peter 3:18 (AMP)

Grace is the portal towards a greater worship of God. Step on in.

Principle #39 & Personal Application: Quality disciples worship an awesome God: Holy is He

• We worship a God who is great and has an awesome name: Holy is He

• We worship a God who loves justice: Holy is He

• We worship a God who is exalted: Holy is He

• We worship a God who is worthy of all praise: Holy is He

Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…

When I focus upon the word “Holy” what kinds of thoughts come to my mind?

What kinds of feelings rise upon inside my heart when I focus upon His holiness?

How does my focus upon a holy God influence what I say . . . what I think . . . what I do?

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, may I ever seek to praise Your great and holy name. I thank You that You love justice and are righteous in all Your ways. I thank You for the honor of being able to exalt You, sit at Your footstool and worship You. May the confession of my mouth always be: Holy is He.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Psalms of Discipleship. Principle #38 (Worship) April 19, 2014

Hello my dear friends. As we experience this Holy Weekend of Easter and The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus, the Psalmist reminds us of the greatness and glory of God. Only a great God can reign. Only a great God can save us from our sins. Only a great God can die and rise again.

He is risen!

Denny

Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #38

Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life

Key Scripture: 1 The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble; He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake! 2 The LORD is great in Zion, And He is exalted above all the peoples. Psalm 99:1-2

Core Value: Worship

Frequent obstacles to a greater faith can discourage many of those who follow Jesus. The choices to trust in the Lord or give up and quit come every day. Big problems require a bigger God. When we see our God as a small god, our problems overwhelm us. When we lift up our eyes of faith and gaze upon the One who reigns over all, we gain a fresh perspective and rise above our obstacles. This is the way of worship: thinking upon Him, instead of them.

What obstacles are holding you back from experiencing His victory and His peace?

8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 (NASB)

Principle #38 & Personal Application: Quality disciples are in awe of the majesty and glory of God

• We serve a great God who reigns over all the earth: even over our heart

• We have an awesome respect for the One who makes the earth shake: holding us together when our heart has been shaken

• We have a great heritage: we are connected by our Great Lord with every believer—present, past, and future

Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…

What spiritual discipline helps me to focus upon God’s greatness?

When do I sense the Lord’s greatness the most?

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, You are great. You do reign over all of the earth. You reign over every nation. You reign over my heart. May my worship of You this day give You all glory and all praise.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Psalms of Discipleship. Principle #37 (Evangelism) March 31, 2014

Hello my dear friends! After a lengthy break of writing Psalms of Discipleship, I'm back :)

Today's Psalms of Discipleship gives us a peek into the heart of the Psalmist as he celebrates the Greatness of His Awesome God. The best kind of evangelism is when we are living like God is Great in our lives.

Learning to live in His Greatness,

Denny


Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #37

Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life

Key Scripture: 7 Let the sea roar and all it contains, The world and those who dwell in it. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the mountains sing together for joy 9 Before the LORD; for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness, And the peoples with equity. Psalm 98:7-9

Core Value: Evangelism

Awesome. Glorious. Wonderful. Mighty. Amazing. Magnificent. These are the kinds of words the disciple of Jesus uses when seeking to describe the kind of God he or she follows. When our life is filled with challenges that often suspend disbelief, we need to have a relationship with our Great God who is Awesome, Glorious, Wonderful, Mighty, Amazing, and Magnificent.

What is it that will attract the person without Christ to fall in love with and follow Him? Surely not in us proclaiming a god who is less than awesome, inglorious, not wonderful at all, weak instead of mighty, un-amazing, and who falls way short of being magnificent.

The role of the follow of Jesus is very clear: we need to tell the world who God says He is and what He is like. We need to proclaim the awesome power and great love of God to those who have yet to surrender their hearts to Him.

Principle #37 & Personal Application: Quality disciples enthusiastically proclaim the awesome power and great love of God.

• Our great God is praised by the roaring sea

• Our great God is praised by the mighty rivers and the majestic mountains

• Our great God is praised by you and by me

• Our great God is coming back again for you and for me

Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…

In what way does creation remind me of God’s greatness?

How does my focus upon God’s power help me share His love with the lost?

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, may the sea and rivers and mountains never out-praise me in my worship of You. May I live my life in a way where those without a relationship with You will come to know of Your great love for them.


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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Psalms of Discipleship. Principle #36 (Worship) January 5, 2014

Hello my dear friends! One of the greatest gifts given to the disciple of Jesus is the ability to offer to the Lord our worship to Him. The Psalmist shows us that worship is not an activity void of personal involvement. Worship is a verb.

Learning with you,

Denny

Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #36

Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life

Key Scripture: 4 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. 5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre; With the lyre and the sound of melody. 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn Shout joyfully before the King, the LORD. Psalm 98:4-6

Core Value: Worship

We live in a world where we are stimulated by many things such as sporting events, high-energy concerts, and a multitude of different varieties of media. There is an on-going competition within each one of us for our focused attention. Here is the irony: not everything that pulls on our senses is a bad thing. Many things are good and should be enjoyed. The challenge before each disciple of Jesus is this: is there anything in our lives that is more exciting for us than Jesus?

The Psalmist shared his experience of what His relationship with the Lord looked like: He had an enthusiastic love for the Shepherd of the Psalms. May we learn how to grow in our worship of the Lord.

Principle #36 & Personal Application: Quality disciples joyfully express their enthusiastic love for the Lord.

• We express an enthusiastic love for the Lord when we shout joyfully to Him
• We express an enthusiastic love for the Lord when we break forth and sing for joy

• We express an enthusiastic love for the Lord when we sing praises to the Lord with instruments

• We express an enthusiastic love for the Lord we direct our worship to the King, our Lord

Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…

In what ways can this passage of Scripture enhance the depth of my spiritual growth?

For me, what does it look like when I direct my worship to the King, my Lord?

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, may my worship for You be an enthusiastic experience. May You fill my heart with joyous songs of worship and praise. May my life be like a musical instrument, composed with songs of mercy and grace. May my love for You be an offering of praise to my King and my Lord.

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